Word Up - ABC RN

Word Up - ABC RN


Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.


Word Up: Malarndirri McCarthy  

The Yanyuwa people speak male and female dialects of the same language - an extremely rare phenomenon.

Word Up: Dalisa Pigram  

Learn the name for the Yawuru messenger bird.

Word Up: Shannon Foster  

Dharawal language comes from the south of Sydney and the Georges River - stretching as far down as Wreck Bay.

Word Up: Clint Bracknell  

Wirlomin is a regional dialect of the Noongar language from the south-west corner of Western Australia.

Word Up: Ursula Yovich  

In the Burarra language of western Arnhem Land, we learn the word for grandmother, water and fish.

Word Up: Elma Kris  

Kala Lagaw Ya is spoken across the western Torres Strait Islands.

Word Up: David Prosser  

Yaygirr is spoken around the lower reaches of the Clarence River on the north coast of New South Wales.

Word Up: Steve Hodder Watt  

Lardil is the language spoken on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Word Up: Maggie Burns  

Warlpiri is one of the strongest Aboriginal languages – so strong there are Strong and Light versions spoken in the Tanami Desert.

Word Up: Gawurra  

Gupapuyngu is one of eight languages that Yolngu songman Gawurra speaks.

Word Up: Uncle Vic Chapman  

For Uncle Vic Chapman Yuwaalaraay language is infused with memory. One word in particular takes him to the banks of a river on the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Word Up: Aunty Beryl Carmichael  

Aunty Beryl Carmichael shares some Ngiyaampaa and explains why it's sometimes thought of as a "back-to-front" language.

Word Up: Luke Johnson  

For Luke Johnson using Gunai language helps him understand his culture and country.

Word Up: Zaachariaha Fielding  

Pitjantjatjara is a one of the few Aboriginal languages not to be considered endangered.

Word Up:Jill Nganjmirra  

The artist and storyteller Jill Nganjmirra shares some Kunwinjku.

Word Up: Stephen Goldsmith  

Kaurna is like poetry for the soul according to Stephen Goldsmith, a language worker from Adelaide.

Word Up: Deline Briscoe  

Deline Briscoe takes us to Yalanji country in Far North Queensland to share three Kuku Yalanji words.

Word Up: Lee Healy  

Taungurung linguist Lee Healy shares three words that encapsulate the Taungurung worldview.

Word Up: Warren H. Williams  

In Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, English could be the fourth or fifth language people learn. One of the first is Arrernte.

Word Up: Tracey Cameron  

Language teacher Tracey Cameron explains how stargazing - and a constellation in the night sky - helped the Gamilaraay people in the hunt for food.

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